Open Age - Report
|West Bowling A||0||vs||28||Odsal Sedbergh|
Priestley brace brings Odsal victory
A brace of tries from centre Robert Priestley paved the way for a dominant victory over local rivals West Bowling.
Odsal Sedbergh started the game nervously, with regular errors from poor play.
However the visitors recovered and played some impressive attacking rugby, regularly breaking the Bowling defensive line.
In a strong first half performance Josh Tordoff opened the scoring out wide.
Young Odsal fullback Oliver Priestley added to the first half tally, with a try later in the half.
The second half saw a dominant start by Odsal, who terrorised Bowling’s right edge defence.
In a one sided affair the visitors crashed over for a further three tries, in a ruthless fifteen minute spell.
A quick fire brace from Robert Priestley was interrupted only by a try by forward Kris Fawthrop.
The game ended badly when it had to be abandoned for an injured Bowling player. However Odsal were well on the way to victory after a fine defensive performance.
The game started in nervous fashion, with both sides showing that signs of weeks without a game. Errors were high with both sides guilty of multiple handling errors.
However after a nervous start, Odsal started to gain some momentum thanks to their strong running forwards.
Led by forwards Nick Chapman, Joe Bartle and Luke Sellers the Odsal pack started to dominate.
A break by Nick Chapman from his own half looked set for a try, but the forward didn’t have the legs and was stopped by the cover defence.
Odsal continued to attack the Bowling line and finally got reward when Josh Tordoff opened the scoring.
The centre crashed over out wide after hands down the line exploited an overlap.
The Odsal attack started to flow better after the opening try, with the visitors pressuring the Bowling defence.
The next big opportunity came thanks to Andy Gabriel, with the wingers kick return seeing him break the West Bowling defence.
The winger then ran eighty metres and fed the supporting Josh Tordoff, with the line in sight.
However the pass was somehow adjudged forward by the referee, who brought the play back.
As the game went on Odsal continued to press and attacks continued to pile on the pressure.
The next big talking point of the game wasn’t a try though, but instead a red card for an Odsal player.
Following a tackle Daniel Dove was penalised for kicking out at a defender and saw red.
This left Odsal down to twelve men with over half of the game remaining.
Odsal were soon again on the attack and grabbed a second try through fullback Oliver Priestley.
Priestley chased on to a chip over the defensive line to touch down, for a converted try.
The try was to prove the last of the first half, despite several more Odsal chances.
This left the half time score at 10-0 to the visitors.
The second half saw a far better start for Odsal who came flying out of the blocks.
In a quick fire opening fifteen minutes Odsal grabbed a trio of tries, including a brace from centre Robert Priestley.
Within five minutes of the restart Odsal scored again when centre Robert Priestley crashed over.
The centre scooted from acting half, after a break down the left hand side had been halted, and powered over from close range.
With this try came renewed Odsal confidence, with their defence trapping Bowling in their own half on several occasions.
This led to more Odsal attacking pressure and another try soon came through Kris Fawthrop.
The prop forward latched on to a deflected grubber kick and placed down for a try.
This left Odsal well on top and Bowling looking out of the game.
Once again, straight from the kick off, Andy Gabriel made a break down the left hand side.
The winger was unlucky not to score however when he was halted just short of the line.
This was to prove a minor delay in the Odsal scoring, when soon after Robert Priestley grabbed his brace.
The try was certainly the try of the game, coming from an impressive break down the left edge.
Following a break by stand-off Danny Gregory, he fed winger Andy Gabriel down the outside, who passed a looping ball inside to Priestley who scored under the uprights.
This was to prove the last try of the game, with the game coming to a bad end.
With an hour played a Bowling player was injured when he was tackled, leading to an ambulance being called.
The referee decided to abandon the game, with Odsal leading 28-0.
Odsal now await the leagues decision on whether the game will be replayed.
Odsal face a tough trip to York next week, when they take on Selby Warriors. Odsal grabbed an impressive victory when the two sides last met and will be looking for the same again next weekend. A win for Odsal could prove pivotal in the fight to stay up.